New York’s Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer cast opposite votes Tuesday on legislation to raise the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion.
 
Gillibrand, the junior senator whose voting history has often matched Schumer's, voted against the bill, along with 25 other Democratic and Republican senators. Schumer voted yes.



"The fact is, there is nothing in this deal that will address the significant jobs crisis we are facing," Gillibrand said in a statement shortly after the legislation passed.

"This deal, cut behind closed doors with zero transparency, is an unbalanced approach that cuts deeply into discretionary spending while being overwhelmingly stacked in favor of large corporations who exploit loopholes and the wealthiest among us. It is simply not in the best interests of the middle class and the larger economic recovery," she said.



Gillibrand also said a better compromise could have been made that included added revenues, a provision favored by the left in budget negotiations, which eventually were removed from the bill.

"The truth is, today we could have gone further in reducing America’s debt with a sensible compromise that both cut discretionary spending and raised revenues," Gillibrand said. "It is unfortunate Congress missed that opportunity."

Even though he voted for it, Schumer criticized the legislation for failing to create jobs or close tax loopholes.

"There is nothing in this deal that will address the significant jobs crisis we are facing," Schumer said Tuesday, according to The New York Observer.

Gillibrand's vote against the bill for lacking aspects liberals had been pushing for throughout the negotiations could indicate her interest in maintaining support among liberal New Yorkers ahead of the the 2012 campaign season, when she is up for reelection.
 
Gillibrand is one of roughly a handful of Democratic senators who voted against the bill who are up for reelection in 2012. The others are Sens. Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.). Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats, voted against the bill as well.